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Holidays: Penn-Style
November 22, 2011, Volume 58, No. 13
Fabulous Finds for Those Fond of Facts or Fiction

Want a special gift for the book-lover on your holiday gift list? 

Well, there are numerous new books hot off the press again this year.

The Penn Bookstore has many to choose from—factual and fictional, personal and pictorial, historical and innovative. These are some of the many new books by Penn authors—faculty, students and alumni. Not only are there books from Penn Press, but there are options from Wharton Digital Press as well.  For shoppers who want to preview the collections by Penn Press visit www.upenn.edu/pennpress before visiting the Bookstore. Print books and ebooks from Wharton Digital Press are available at http://wdp.wharton.upenn.edu



The Phantom Tollbooth; Norton Juster, Ar’52; this classic children’s book, for ages 10 and up, is the story of a boy named Milo and his strange and pun-packed adventures. Marking its 50th anniversary, the latest edition includes a preface by Mr. Juster; essays by authors, educators, and artists; photos of Mr. Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer; and an essay by Maurice Sendak that appeared in the 35th anniversary edition. Paperback $6.99.





Aquatic Plants of Pennsylvania: A Complete Reference Guide; Timothy Block, John J. Willaman Chair of Botany, Morris Arboretum and the Pennsylvania Flora Project; and Ann Fowler Rhoads, Pennsylvania Flora Project; highlights the diversity and vital ecological importance of this group of plants, providing photographs, illustrations, descriptions, and identification keys for all emergent, floating-leaved, and submergent aquatic plants found in the Commonwealth; Penn Press. Cloth $59.95.





Brilliant Mistakes: Finding Success on the Far Side of Failure; Paul Schoemaker, adjunct professor of marketing and director of Mack Center for Technological Innovation at Wharton; shows how many life-changing innovations resulted from mistakes; Wharton Digital Press. Paperback/ebook $15.99.





A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie; Matt Blackstone, C’03; Mr. Blackstone’s debut novel is a real and honest account of a teen struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Hardcover $16.99.




Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter; Lisa Scottoline, C’77, L’81; and her daughter, Francesca Serritella; a hilarious new collection of essays that observe life from a mother/daughter perspective. Hardcover $24.99.

Trading Dreams

Neighborhood and Life Chances: How Place Matters in Modern America; Eugenie L. Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, School of Design; Susan M. Wachter, Richard P. Worley professor of financial management, real estate and finance, Wharton, city and regional planning, School of Design; and Harriet B. Newburger, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; essays about how environment affects children; Penn Press. Hardcover $59.95.

Turning Learning

Polished Off (Southern Beauty Shop); Lila Dare, G’90; hairdresser Grace Terhune returns in this sequel to find a nail file-wielding murderer. Paperback $7.99.


Black philosoher, White Academy

The Third Lie: Why Government Programs Don’t Work and a Blueprint for Change; Richard Gelles, dean, SP2; analysis of why government programs are not effective. Paperback $22.95.

Souls of Poor Folk

Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont; Jason Karlawish, professor of medicine and medical ethics, Perelman School of Medicine; a historical novel that fictionalizes the complex relationship between Beaumont and his patient. Hardcover $24.

Righting Feminism

If Sons Then Heirs: A Novel; Lorene Cary, lecturer in English, SAS; taking place in Philadelphia, this novel explores a racial history that haunts and impoverishes its characters. Hardcover $24.




Counter Revolution

The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots Against the West; Mitchell D. Silber, C’92; Mr. Silber demonstrates that the role of Al Qaeda is very limited even in plots with direct involvement. In the majority of cases, individuals went to Al Qaeda seeking aid or training, but even then there was limited direct command and control of the terrorists’ activities; Penn Press. Cloth $39.95.


Sweet land of Liberty

YOU: Stress Less: The Owner’s Manual for Regaining Balance in Your Life; Mehmet Oz, WG’86, M’86; Michael Roizen, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute; guide to reducing stress levels and improving your life. Paperback $8.99.

Food Security

No One Had a Tongue to Speak: The Untold Story of One of History’s Deadliest Floods; Utpal Sandesara, graduate student in anthropology, SAS; Tom Wooten, coauthor; nonfiction account revealing the profound human tragedy of the 1979 Machhu dam disaster in India, a flash flood that killed as many as 25,000 people. Hardcover $25.

Stay Healthy

The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America; Jonathan Moreno, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, medical ethics and health policy in Perelman School of Medicine and history and sociology of science in SAS; how biological discoveries play into America’s value system. Paperback $18.95.

Diplomat's Wife

How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One; Stanley Fish, C’59; Mr. Fish marvels at the adeptness of finely crafted sentences and breaks them down into digestible morsels, giving readers an instant play-by-play. Hardcover $19.99.


Becoming the People of the Talmud: Oral Torah as Written Tradition in Medieval Jewish Cultures; Talya Fishman, associate professor of religious studies, SAS; an examination of ways in which circumstances of transmission have shaped the cultural meaning of Jewish traditions; Penn Press. Cloth $65.



After Broadcast News: Media, Regimes, Democracy, and the New Information Environment; Michael X. Delli Carpini, Walter H. Annenberg Dean, Annenberg, and Bruce A. Williams, University of Virginia; analysis of the benefits and problems of today’s new media environment. Paperback $32.99.

Opposite of Love

Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style; Kathy Peiss, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, SAS; an exploration of this extreme fashion and its mysterious career during World War II and after, as it spread from Harlem across the United States and around the world; Penn Press. Cloth $24.95.


Possible City

Why Don’t American Cities Burn?; Michael Katz, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, SAS; shows how the divergence of black social structures produced a new African American inequality and explores the reasons American cities since the early 1970s have remained relatively free of collective violence while black men in bleak inner-city neighborhoods have turned their rage inward on one another rather than on the agents and symbols of a culture and political economy that exclude them; Penn Press. Cloth $29.95.


La Villa (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture); original author Bartolomeo Taegio; edited and translated by Thomas Beck, G’01; the first English translation of the 1559 Italian text, this work reveals the symbolic and metaphorical significance of 16th century gardens for their owners. Hardcover $65.

Possible City

Erotic Subjects: The Sexuality of Politics in Early Modern English Literature; Melissa Sanchez, Stephen M. Gorn Family Assistant Professor of  English; discusses the political importance of early modern literature’s fascination with eroticized violence. Hardcover $74.


Women’s Health and the World’s Cities; edited by Afaf Meleis, Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing; co-directors of the Penn Institute for Urban Research: Eugenie Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, School of Design, and Susan Wachter, Richard P. Worley Professor of Financial Management, professor of real estate and finance in Wharton, professor of city and regional planning, School of Design; collection of essays linking gender and city environment; Penn Press. Hardcover $55.


Green Products: Perspectives on Innovation and Adoption; edited by Mauro F. Guillén, director, Lauder Institute, Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management and professor of management in Wharton; and João Neiva de Figueiredo, St. Joseph’s University; mapping the universe of green products, this book supplies an in-depth analysis of the key factors that influence the adoption of green sustainable products. Hardcover $49.95.


Peoples and Crafts in Period IVB at Hasanlu, Iran; edited by Maude de
Schauensee, former keeper of the Near East Section at the Penn Museum.
This volume describes a group of ongoing research projects, most of which
provide new information on Iron Age technology Penn Museum/Penn Press.
Cloth $69.95



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